Art Trials

June 5, 2011

We have recently seen two new maps drawn for “Art Trials”. These are events where artists open the doors to their studios or houses to to show local people their work, so that people can appreciate the art and, maybe buy some of it.

Last weekend we went to a few places on the Wylie Valley Art Trial, and you sometimes see the same people going from one place to another. The first place was a group of different artists, in a lovely old set of buildings, where we also saw some Llamas! The second was a high quality furniture maker, and there were many people packed into the two rooms, but it was a wet saturday afternoon! The interactive map is here.

Wylie Valley Art Trial

Wylie Valley Art Trial

This week, we picked up this map of the Widcombe Art Trial, in Bath, which happens next weekend, June 11th and 12th. It had a lovely hand drawn map of that part of Bath, and it highlights the many green areas close to the centre of the city, which are very popular with walkers (it is called the Skyline Walk) as it has great views of the city. Whenever I go there, I am surprised that there is so much contryside, so close to the city centre!

Widcombe Art Trial

Widcombe Art Trial

This would make a great backdrop for a Mapcaster presentation.


April 24, 2010

We have always loved maps, and we think they’ve got great educational value, both for showing information, and as a means of children recording information and being creative.

It is for that reason that we created our software program, Mapcaster, and in this blog, we want to share our love of maps and show different ways of using them in schools, and not just in Mapcaster!

To start, i’d better introduce myself, Peter Miles, a director of Storm Educational Software. We are a small company who have been making educational software for several years, and we are based in Shaftesbury in Dorset.

We’ve had a long line of software programs that involve maps to one degree or another: some of our older simulation titles such as Flight Path (planning aircraft journey’s), Search and Rescue (lifeboats), Coffee all had maps, and especially Smudge Discovers the World.

Mapcaster is a software program we’ve have been working on for a long time, and it is finally out and available for schools. It allows children to create or use a map of an area of interest and to add photos, videos or podcasts about of the places on the map, which can be presented by children to the whole class. Details about the program can be found on the webpage at:
and a YouTube video about it is at: